This collection of five unique card games for families will be an inspiration for your next family game night!
Traditional games with a deck of cards can be a lot of fun, as can classic games like Skippo and UNO. In fact, I keep a deck of card in my purse for quick on-the-go games. We love to play a quick game of Crazy Eights or King’s Corner when we’re eating out and waiting for our food to arrive.
Over the last few years, we’ve gone beyond traditional and classic card games. We’ve aquired a unique collection of family games — ranging in theme from sushi to the wild west —that are all card based. We cannot wait to share them with you!
5 Unique Card Games For Families
Below is a list of five unusual card games for you to consider for your game closet.
1. Sushi Go
- 2-5 Players
- 20 minutes
- Ages 8+
Pass the sushi! In this fast-playing card game, the goal is to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they whiz by. Score points for making the most maki rolls or for collecting a full set of sashimi. Dip your favorite nigiri in wasabi to triple its value. But be sure to leave room for dessert or else you’ll eat into your score! Gather the most points and consider yourself the sushi master!
2. Machi Koro
- 2-4 Players
- 30 minutes
- Ages 10+
You must grow Machi Koro into the largest city in the region (your table). You will collect money from developments, build public works and steal from your neighbors. Just make sure they aren’t doing the same to you! Machi Koro is a fast-paced light-hearted game for you and up to 3 friends. Once you’ve had a taste of Machi Koro, this infectiously fun game may have you wondering if the dinner table ever served another purpose. They say you can’t build Rome in a day, but Machi Koro will be built in less than 30 minutes!
- 3-6 Players
- 30-minute play time
- Ages 8+
The players have hands of oversized cards with various artistic pictures. The active player secretly selects one of his cards and gives a very brief description using a phrase, word, or sound. The other players secretly select their own cards which match the description given. The chosen cards are shuffled and revealed, then players vote on which was chosen by the active player. Each correct answer gives points to the guesser and the active player. Each incorrect answer gives points to the player who submitted the guessed card. However, if all of the guesses are correct — or none of them are — then the active player gets no points and all the other players get points. The game ends when the deck is empty. The greatest total wins the game.
- 4-7 Players
- 20-40 minutes
- Ages 10+
In the wild west of the game BANG!, the Outlaws hunt the Sheriff, the sheriff hunts the outlaws, and the Renegade plots in secret — ready to join one side or the other? Before long, bullets start to fly! Which gunmen are deputies, ready to sacrifice themselves for the Sheriff? And which are the merciless Outlaws, looking to gun him down?
- 1-8 Players
- 35 minutes
- Ages 8+
Quiddler is the winner of over 20 Best Game Awards. It’s easy to learn and fun for everyone! The goal is to arrange all the cards in your hand into one or more words. The number of cards dealt increases each round – starting with three cards and ending with 10 cards. High score wins, so use your high point letters and Quiddler’s unique double letter cards—but don’t get caught with them in your hand! Aim for the bonuses—each round there are two bonuses: one for the most words and one for the longest word. Take our WORD for it, this is a game you will want to play again and again!
P.S. We love card games because they’re easy to clean-up and perfect for on-the-go. If you pause and “think outside of the box,” each of these games can be made compact for easy traveling too!